Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and transgender identity. This can be committed against a person or property. Strategies for Preventing Hate Crimes:-
- Assist Victims of Hate Crimes - Hate crime victims are especially vulnerable, fearful and alone. Supporting victims of such hate crimes improves the overall climate of the community, help ensure the health and wellbeing of community members, and can deescalate tensions, all of which is significant to prevention efforts.
- ·Advocate for Hate Crime Prevention- By using tools from violence prevention and prejudice reduction programs, students can become the most effective advocates for the hate crime prevention.
- ·Identify, Report and Speak Up- Hate must be exposed and denounced. Help news organizations achieve balance and depth. If you are a victim, report every incident and ask for help.
- · Raise Awareness, Education and Outreach- Community education through mass media and campus groups encourages involvement and support from the community by raising awareness of the injustice and divisiveness of hate crime and highlighting opportunities to make a difference through prevention programs.
- · Develop hate Crime Partnerships and coalitions- Develop Partnerships and coalitions among key players to improve communication between groups, increase the effectiveness of programs, and improve the potential for success.